I wanted to provide a link to another effort I am pleased to be involved in: DeepEnd Research.
From the website: "We are pleased to introduce DeepEnd Research, an independent information security research group that will focus on threat and intelligence analysis. Our emphasis will be on malware, exploit analysis, botnet tracking, the underground economy and overall cyberthreats. We will blog about various collection and analysis techniques, observations, and other areas of interest."
Another primary goal of DeepEnd Research is to foster collaborative research and analysis efforts with other security groups and organizations. We welcome any opportunities or inquiries as to projects involving common areas of interest."
I just posted DeepEnd's first blog entry, "Dirt Jumper DDoS Bot - New versions, New targets" a combined research and analysis effort with Mila Parkour of Contagio.